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Poster: jerlouvis Date: Jul 4, 2011 10:07am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Late 73 vs Summer 74

As LIA pointed out the band chose some different songs as a vehicle for their improvisational workouts in 74'.For me that made some of the jamming seem tacked on or less organic.The jams in and out of Let it Grow or Truckin' either didn't feel like part of the song or had a fumbling vibe to them where several themes were explored before settling on something comfortable.Where with Playin' or Dark Star the verses and structured parts were of less significance and led to a more anything can happen feel,even the Other One though strictly themed still could be wildly divergent inside it's structure.Overall the direction the band took was less free form jamming and more song oriented group interplay.
Bkidwell touched on the fact there were lots of sections that were solos,not jams,which was a glimpse into the future of Jerry playing a solo and everybody else not doing much.
All in all,74' presented us with Phil at his best,a band that fully realized its jazz roots,a distinct lush sound and some unique and brilliant jamming.